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The mission of Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) is to curate high-quality content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections. The OADTL uses the world’s most advanced integrated library system (ILS) for cataloging and discovery. This system, OCLC’s WorldShare, makes content easily discoverable and retrievable. The OADTL is staffed by professional librarians and curates content without regard for theological or confessional perspective. It is hoped that the increased access to high-quality religious studies content will serve scholars and students of religion.

Privacy Policy

The OADTL does not collect personal information or provide personally identifiable information to any third party or distribute users' email addresses.

The OADTL does collect anonymous statistical information about patterns of use based on users' IP addresses. IP addresses may be stored temporarily for data aggregation purposes.

Collection Development Policy

The Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) collects content in religious studies without regard for theological or confessional perspective. However, the OADTL curates only content which meets the following criteria:

  1. All content must be fully open access without a pay wall of any sort;
  2. All content must be professionally cataloged in OCLC’s WorldCat (www.worldcat.org);
  3. All content must have a stable URL (personal websites or blogs are not included);
  4. The content must be related to religious studies (broadly defined) and consistent with our collecting priorities as follows:
    • Our highest priority is collecting religious studies content;
    • Our second priority is collecting interdisciplinary studies which intersect with religious studies;
    • Our third priority is collecting content from disciplines which support religious studies (e.g., ethics, history, linguistics,
    • literature, psychology, sociology); and
  5. Our fourth priority is collecting items of interest to international development.

OADTL collections are composed primarily of books and articles. The collections are ecumenical, global, and interreligious and include materials in all languages (as long as that content meets the criteria above).

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Sponsors

The Open Access Digital Theological Library is funded by the institutional members of the Digital Theological Library, listed in the table below.

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Claremont School of Theology is United Methodist in origin and affiliation; and ecumenical and interreligious in spirit. Students are nurtured by Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason and are prepared for lives of ministry, leadership, and service. Graduates are prepared to become agents of transformation and healing in churches, local communities, schools, non-profit institutions, and the world at large. 
Degrees: M.A.; M.T.S., M.Div.; D.Min; Ph.D. (including hybrid and online programs)

Denver Seminarya graduate school of theology in the evangelical Protestant tradition, prepares men and women to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture. Through the educational programs and mentoring process the seminary challenges students to grow spiritually, intellectually, and professionally in order to lead God’s people in the accomplishment of His mission in the world. Denver Seminary offers the MAMDivThM, and DMin degrees with numerous specialized concentrations. Denver Seminary has campuses in DenverWashington DC, and Amarillo, Texas. Denver Seminary also offers several fully online degree programs. Denver Seminary is firmly rooted in Scripture and biblical faith with students representing over 50 denominations.

Evangelical Seminary

Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

Hartford Seminary

International Baptist Theological Centre (Amsterdam) is at the heart of a European Baptist research network which includes PhD researchers who study issues in the areas of Baptist identity, mission and practice. IBTS Centre offers a Post-Graduate Certificate that is tailored towards admission to the Graduate School of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The PhD researchers are supervised jointly by VU professors and IBTS Centre staff.

Lexington Theological Seminary is an intentionally ecumenical seminary of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) located in Lexington, Kentucky. All its degree programs (i.e., M.Div., M.T.S., M.P.S., and D. Min.), certificates, and lay and continuing education are offered online. Lexington Theological Seminary trains leaders for the church of Jesus Christ in order to strengthen the church's participation in God's mission for the world.

Singapore Bible College